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The Art of Fear (The Little Things That Kill Series Book 1) by [Crane, Pamela]
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"Two psyche-scarred women, bound by tragic pasts and familysecrets,vow to find out whether a man's death was a suicide or murder. Ari Wilburn was 10 when a hit-and-run driver killed her 8-year-oldsister,Carli. That tragedy estranged Ari from her parents, especiallyher mother, who blamed her for Carli's death. She's not alone: Ariblames herself as well and has memories of pushing her sister justbefore the accident. She is banished to a childhood of group homes,foster care,and juvenile detention. A suicide survivor, she starts asupport group where she meets Tina Alvarez, who has an even moreharrowing past and is reeling from the death of her father, Josef, which the police have determined is a suicide. Tina's story awakens something in Ari, and she promises to help her discover whether Josef wasactually murdered. "Not out of obligation," Ari states. "But because mydecayed muscle of a heart had survived my life, and for once I caredabout something.Someone. Perhaps I was human after all." The risk ofspoilers prohibits a deeper plot synopsis. The tale unfolds in chapterstold from alternating perspectives, including those of Rosalita, Josef's mother,who quite correctly prophesized when her son was an infant thathe was evil; Tina, who harbors unspeakable secrets; and a killer with adefinite agenda ("I'm no sociopath...I've been watching, waitingpatiently for my turn") that may expand to include Tina and Ari. As Aribecomes embroiled in Tina's situation, she begins to uncover aterrifying connection to her own family. She starts to question whetherCarli's death was an accident. Crane's (The Scream of Silence, 2016,etc.)latest novel is a dark ride; so bleak that even Gillian Flynn might say, "Lighten up." Crane wallows in the victims' blood. It pools,oozes,sloshes, and seeps. Eerie foreshadowing (the Ari chapter headingscount the days until her death) and twisted revelations keep the pagesturning, but the author's empathy for her "broken" characters addshumanity to the macabre proceedings. Crane has two other ongoing seriesto her credit. On its own, a gripping tale of revenge and redemption." - Kirkus Reviews

"A dark, engrossing page-turner.
I am an unabashed Pamela Crane fan and have enjoyed many of her books. Her writing is dark, intriguing and she is a master of the unexpected twist. Her latest work, The Art of Fear, is perhaps her best. It takes the reader along many trails including what poverty can do, child trafficking, and how two families grossly mistreat their children.Fortunately, she spares us the gory details of what these poor kids go through - something most of us do not want to read or even imagine.Nonetheless, Ms. Crane's skillful writing ensures that the reader cannot help but hate the boss the child traffickers. I could not put The Art of Fear down and it was a one session read. Ms. Crane cleverly blends a series of plots and subplots together to produce a satisfactory ending. Not all questions are answered and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Highly recommended." - Peter Ralph, white-collar crime fiction writer, author of Blood Gold in the Congo, and #1 best-selling author

"Pamela Crane introduces a mind-twist that takes everything you love about thrillers, pushes it outside the box, and electrifies you with clever prose and a plot that will terrify you.A must-read instant best seller!"
- Southern Editor Reviews
"A captivating mystery with prose that fans will devour." - Literary Lover Reviews
"If Dexter and Gone Girl had a love child, this would be it!" - reader review
"An author to watch, Pamela Crane packs a punch to her prose and will keep you on your toes with her twisted plots. Let your mind be blown--I guarantee you'll savor every moment. The Art of Fear is psychological thriller fiction at its best." - Thriller Fan Reviews
"I'm a die-hard thriller fan. But Crane duped me! Just when I thought I had figured it out I was thrown for another loop...and loved it. Kudos to mastering the mystery genre!" - reader review

About the Author

Pamela Crane is a professional juggler. Not the type of juggler who can toss flaming torches in the air, but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. She lives on the edge (ask her Arabian horse about that--he'll tell you all about their wild adventures while trying to train him!) and she writes on the edge. Her characters and plots are her escape from the real world of dirty diapers and cleaning horse stalls, and she thrives off of an entertaining tale.
Visit her chaotic world at is the author of several award-winning and best-selling psychological thrillers, including:

Mental Madness Suspense Series:
The Admirer's Secret
A Fatal Affair

The Killer Thriller Series:
A Secondhand Life
A Secondhand Lie

The Little Things That Kill Series:
The Scream of Silence
The Art of Fear

The Death of Life

Murder and Mayhem
Pretty Ugly Lies (coming soon)

Product details

  • File Size: 2448 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Tabella House (July 18, 2017)
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071R3M2J5
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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